|Peter Eigen: How to expose the corrupt - TED.com|
Some of the world's most baffling social problems, says Peter Eigen, can be traced to systematic, pervasive government corruption, hand-in-glove with global companies. At TEDxBerlin, Eigen describes the thrilling counter-attack led by his organization Transparency International.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBerlin; TED; Talks; corruption; global issues; money; politics; 2009
|Rose George: Let's talk crap. Seriously. - TED.com|
It's 2013, yet 2.5 billion people in the world have no access to a basic sanitary toilet. And when there's no loo, where do you poo? In the street, probably near your water and food sources -- causing untold death and disease from contamination. Get ready for a blunt, funny, powerful talk from journalist Rose George about a once-unmentionable problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; water; TED2013; 2013
|Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "willful blindness" - TED.com|
Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn’t want to know. In a talk that’s part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; TEDxDanubia; 2013
|Jacqueline Novogratz: Inspiring a life of immersion - TED.com|
We each want to live a life of purpose, but where to start? In this luminous, wide-ranging talk, Jacqueline Novogratz introduces us to people she's met in her work in "patient capital" -- people who have immersed themselves in a cause, a community, a passion for justice. These human stories carry powerful moments of inspiration.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; culture; economics; global issues; investment; 2010
|John Francis walks the Earth - TED.com|
For almost three decades, John Francis has been a planetwalker, traveling the globe by foot and sail with a message of environmental respect and responsibility (for 17 of those years without speaking). A funny, thoughtful talk with occasional banjo.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; environment; global issues; TED2008; 2008
|Janine di Giovanni: What I saw in the war - TED.com|
Reporter Janine di Giovanni has been to the worst places on Earth to bring back stories from Bosnia, Sierra Leone and most recently Syria. She tells stories of human moments within large conflicts -- and explores that shocking transition when a familiar city street becomes a bombed-out battleground.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; journalism; war; TEDxWomen 2012; 2012
|9/11 healing: The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship - TED.com|
Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi have a powerful friendship born of unthinkable loss. Rodriguez' son was killed in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001; el-Wafi's son Zacarias Moussaoui was convicted of a role in those attacks and is serving a life sentence. In hoping to find peace, these two moms have come to understand and respect one another.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; 2010
|Vinay Venkatraman: “Technology crafts” for the digitally underserved - TED.com|
Two-thirds of the world may not have access to the latest smartphone, but local electronic shops are adept at fixing older tech using low-cost parts. Vinay Venkatraman explains his work in "technology crafts," through which a mobile phone, a lunchbox and a flashlight can become a digital projector for a village school, or an alarm clock and a mouse can be melded into a medical device for local triage.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; technology; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Tony Porter: A call to men - TED.com|
At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; men; women; 2010
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|David Cameron: The next age of government - TED.com|
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; global issues; politics; TED2010; 2010
|Onora O'Neill: What we don't understand about trust - TED.com|
Trust is on the decline, and we need to rebuild it. That’s a commonly heard suggestion for making a better world … but, says philosopher Onora O’Neill, we don’t really understand what we're suggesting. She flips the question, showing us that our three most common ideas about trust are actually misdirected. (Filmed at TEDxHousesofParliament.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; government; philosophy; politics; TEDxHousesofParliament; 2013
|Paul Pholeros: How to reduce poverty? Fix homes - TED.com|
In 1985, architect Paul Pholeros was challenged by the director of an Aboriginal-controlled health service to "stop people getting sick" in a small indigenous community in south Australia. The key insights: think beyond medicine and fix the local environment. In this sparky, interactive talk, Pholeros describes projects undertaken by Healthabitat, the organization he now runs to help reduce poverty--through practical design fixes--in Australia and beyond.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; global issues; health; TEDxSydney; 2013
|Shabana Basij-Rasikh: Dare to educate Afghan girls - TED.com|
Imagine a country where girls must sneak out to go to school, with deadly consequences if they get caught learning. This was Afghanistan under the Taliban, and traces of that danger remain today. 22-year-old Shabana Basij-Rasikh runs a school for girls in Afghanistan. She celebrates the power of a family's decision to believe in their daughters -- and tells the story of one brave father who stood up to local threats...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; global issues; women; TEDxWomen 2012; 2012
|George Papandreou: Imagine a European democracy without borders - TED.com|
Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Maajid Nawaz: A global culture to fight extremism - TED.com|
Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold? Maajid Nawaz, a former Islamist extremist, asks for new grassroots stories and global social activism to spread democracy in the face of nationalism and xenophobia. A powerful talk from TEDGlobal 2011.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; 2011
|Benjamin Barber: Why mayors should rule the world - TED.com|
It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf -- and maybe in the world.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Shereen El-Feki: HIV -- how to fight an epidemic of bad laws - TED.com|
There is an epidemic of HIV, and with it an epidemic of bad laws -- laws that effectively criminalize being HIV positive. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, TED Fellow Shereen El-Feki gives a forceful argument that these laws, based in stigma, are actually helping the disease spread.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; AIDS; global issues; health; law; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Hyeonseo Lee: My escape from North Korea - TED.com|
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee thought her country was “the best on the planet.” It wasn't until the famine of the 90s that she began to wonder. She escaped the country at 14, to begin a life in hiding, as a refugee in China. Hers is a harrowing, personal tale of survival and hope -- and a powerful reminder of those who face constant danger, even when the border is far behind.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; TED2013; 2013
|Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran - TED.com|
Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- wasn't what she expected. With serious scholarship and warm humor, Hazleton shares the grace, flexibility and mystery she found, in this myth-debunking talk from TEDxRainier.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxRainier; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; journalism; religion; 2010
|Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch - TED.com|
There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue -- by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; communication; global issues; politics; 2010
|James B. Glattfelder: Who controls the world? - TED.com|
James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; complexity; economics; global issues; TEDxZurich; 2012
|William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes" - TED.com|
William Ury, author of "Getting to Yes," offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations -- from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxMidwest; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; war; 2010
|Joseph Kim: The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained. - TED.com|
A refugee now living in the US, Joseph Kim tells the story of his life in North Korea during the famine years. He's begun to create a new life -- but he still searches for the family he lost.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; politics; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English! - TED.com|
At TEDxDubai, longtime English teacher Patricia Ryan asks a provocative question: Is the world's focus on English preventing the spread of great ideas in other languages? (For instance: what if Einstein had to pass the TOEFL?) It's a passionate defense of translating and sharing ideas.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxDubai; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; language; 2010
|Ray Zahab treks to the South Pole - TED.com|
Extreme runner Ray Zahab shares an enthusiastic account of his record-breaking trek on foot to the South Pole -- a 33-day sprint through the snow.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; global issues; 2009
|Cesar Harada: A novel idea for cleaning up oil spills - TED.com|
When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; oceans; open-source; TEDxSummit; 2012
|Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator - TED.com|
2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with Arab Spring and spreading across the world. How did this resistance work so well? Srdja Popovic (who led the nonviolent movement that took down Milosevic in Serbia in 2000) lays out the plans, skills and tools each movement needs -- from nonviolent tactics to a sense of hum
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; culture; global issues; politics; TEDxKrakow; 2012
|Israel and Iran: A love story? - TED.com|
When war between Israel and Iran seemed imminent, Israeli graphic designer Ronny Edry shared a poster on Facebook of himself and his daughter with a bold message: "Iranians ... we [heart] you." Other Israelis quickly created their own posters with the same message -- and Iranians responded in kind. The simple act of communication inspired surprising Facebook communities like "Israel loves Iran," "Iran loves Israel" and even "Palestine loves Israel."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; global issues; peace; TEDxJaffa; 2012
|Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun - TED.com|
Peter van Uhm is the Netherlands’ chief of defense, but that does not mean he is pro-war. At TEDxAmsterdam he explains how his career is one shaped by a love of peace, not a desire for bloodshed -- and why we need armies if we want peace.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxAmsterdam; TED; Talks; global issues; military; peace; war; 2011
|Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify - TED.com|
Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; culture; global issues; TEDIndia 2009; 2009
|Bruce Schneier: The security mirage - TED.com|
The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. At TEDxPSU, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks -- and how we can break this pattern.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxPSU; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; security; technology; 2010
|Jennifer Granholm: A clean energy proposal -- race to the top! - TED.com|
Kicking off the TED2013 conference, Jennifer Granholm asks a very American question with worldwide implications: How do we make more jobs? Her big idea: Invest in new alternative energy sources. And her big challenge: Can it be done with or without our broken Congress?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; energy; global issues; work; TED2013; 2013
|Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare - TED.com|
Collecting global health data was an imperfect science: Workers tramped through villages to knock on doors and ask questions, wrote the answers on paper forms, then input the data -- and from this gappy information, countries would make huge decisions. Data geek Joel Selanikio talks through the sea change in collecting health data in the past decade -- starting with the Palm Pilot and Hotmail, and now moving into the cloud...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; data; global issues; health; technology; TEDxAustin; 2013
|Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola - TED.com|
At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxChange; TED; Talks; business; development; global issues; philanthropy; 2010
|Ernesto Sirolli: Want to help someone? Shut up and listen! - TED.com|
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; development; global issues; TEDxEQChCh; 2012
|Sugata Mitra shows how kids teach themselves - TED.com|
Speaking at LIFT 2007, Sugata Mitra talks about his Hole in the Wall project. Young kids in this project figured out how to use a PC on their own -- and then taught other kids. He asks, what else can children teach themselves?
Keywords: TEDTalks; LIFT 2007; TED; Talks; children; culture; education; global issues; partner talk; 2007
|Michael Specter: The danger of science denial - TED.com|
Vaccine-autism claims, "Frankenfood" bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public's growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; medicine; religion; science; writing; TED2010; 2010
|Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump crises - TED.com|
The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; china; culture; economics; future; global issues; happiness; health; history; 2009
|Adam Davidson: What we learned from teetering on the fiscal cliff - TED.com|
It's the end of 2012, and the US political system is tied in knots over next year's "fiscal cliff" -- a budget impasse that can only be solved with bipartisan agreement. (And the world is watching.) Adam Davidson, cohost of "Planet Money," shares surprising data that shows how it might just be solved.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; global issues; politics; TEDSalon NY2012; 2012
|Chris Abani on the stories of Africa - TED.com|
In this deeply personal talk, Nigerian writer Chris Abani says that “what we know about how to be who we are” comes from stories. He searches for the heart of Africa through its poems and narrative, including his own.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; culture; entertainment; global issues; literature; poetry; politics; storytelling; 2007
|Hans Rosling's new insights on poverty - TED.com|
Researcher Hans Rosling uses his cool data tools to show how countries are pulling themselves out of poverty. He demos Dollar Street, comparing households of varying income levels worldwide. Then he does something really amazing.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; Africa; Asia; Google; development; economics; global issues; health; statistics; visualizations; 2007
|Noah Feldman says politics and religion are technologies - TED.com|
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion -- whatever their differences -- are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; politics; religion; social change; society; war; 2003
|Andrew Mwenda takes a new look at Africa - TED.com|
In this provocative talk, journalist Andrew Mwenda asks us to reframe the "African question" -- to look beyond the media's stories of poverty, civil war and helplessness and see the opportunities for creating wealth and happiness throughout the continent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; business; development; global issues; investment; philanthropy; politics; technology; 2007
|Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion - TED.com|
Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2009 Compassion; TED; Talks; charter for compassion; compassion; evolution; global issues; 2009
|Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline - TED.com|
In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; chemistry; climate change; environment; global issues; science; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Stephen Petranek counts down to Armageddon - TED.com|
How might the world end? Stephen Petranek lays out the challenges that face us in the drive to preserve the human race. Will we be wiped out by an asteroid? Eco-collapse? How about a particle collider gone wild?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; climate change; future; global issues; humanity; space; technology; 2002
|Ory Okolloh on becoming an activist - TED.com|
Ory Okolloh tells the story of her life and her family -- and how she came to do her heroic work reporting on the doings of Kenya's parliament.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2007; TED; Talks; Africa; activism; global issues; media; politics; technology; 2007
|Rory Bremner's one-man world summit - TED.com|
Scottish funnyman Rory Bremner convenes a historic council on the TEDGlobal stage -- as he lampoons Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and a cast of other world leaders with his hilarious impressions and biting commentary. See if you can catch a few sharp TED in-jokes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; comedy; global issues; government; performance; politics; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Paul Collier's new rules for rebuilding a broken nation - TED.com|
Long conflict can wreck a country, leaving behind poverty and chaos. But what's the right way to help war-torn countries rebuild? At TED@State, Paul Collier explains the problems with current post-conflict aid plans, and suggests 3 ideas for a better approach.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@State; TED; Talks; global issues; money; politics; poverty; state-building; 2009
|Chris Anderson: How web video powers global innovation - TED.com|
TED's Chris Anderson says the rise of web video is driving a worldwide phenomenon he calls Crowd Accelerated Innovation -- a self-fueling cycle of learning that could be as significant as the invention of print. But to tap into its power, organizations will need to embrace radical openness. And for TED, it means the dawn of a whole new chapter ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2010; TED; Talks; business; education; global issues; innovation; science; technology; video; web; 2010